Haunted High is a surreal collection of tunes released on RSD Black Friday 2022 that explores the furthest depths of outer space—and the human mind. Launch into the atmosphere with energizing music that will stimulate the senses, culled primarily from the mid-’70s catalogs of Flora Purim, Mongo Santamaría, McCoy Tyner, and more.
Haunted High takes off with “Phases,” a funk-fueled, instrumental jam from the Cannonball Adderley Quartet. The journey continues with Woody Herman’s spirited “La Fiesta,” followed by the expansive and mysterious sounds of McCoy Tyner’s “Desert Cry.” Stretching time and space is “Silver Sword,” a supremely trippy 1974 cut from Brazilian singer Flora Purim, featuring guitarist Carlos Santana at his prime. Mongo Santamaría’s engaging “Los Indios” opens Side B, while vibraphonist Cal Tjader blends Eastern influences with Afro-Cuban beats in 1979’s “Mambo Mindoro.” Two final tracks guide listeners back to Earth: Gene Ammons’ poignant rendition of “Strange Fruit” and Barbara Lewis’ soulful, 1969 performance of “The Windmills of Your Mind” (a ballad originally sung by Noel Harrison in 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair).
Haunted High was pressed on pink splatter vinyl and housed in an eye-catching jacket, with embossed silver foil detail.
Record Store Day Black Friday 2022
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – “Phases”
Woody Herman – “La Fiesta”
McCoy Tyner – “Desert Cry”
Flora Purim – “Silver Sword”
Mongo Santamaria – “Los Indios”
Cal Tjader – “Mindoro”
Gene Ammons – “Strange Fruit”
Barbara Lewis – “Windmills of your Mind”
Artwork By, Design – Leslie Saucer
Audio Generator – Chris Clough
Compilation Producer – Ryan Jebavy
Editor – Julie Jigour
Lacquer Cut By – Daniel Krieger
Mastered By – Joe Tarantino